Donation scam warning to farmers

A new Police Scotland sign''British Open Golf, Muirfield, Gullane 18/7/2013
A new Police Scotland sign''British Open Golf, Muirfield, Gullane 18/7/2013

Borders farmers have been warned of a scam where they are asked to make donations to a nonexistent campaign.

It involves an invite to farmers to make a donation of £200 to a campaign against juvenile crime.

Ettrick Valley farmer Richard Scott recognised the scam following its description in an NFU email issued last week.

“It was obvious that it was people pretending,” he said, “so they didn’t get any money out of me.”

Chief Inspector Andy McLean said: “We have had reports of suspicious calls from people attempting to sell promotional materials. These callers seem to be suggesting that they are endorsed by Police Scotland and this is not the case.

“We would like to remind the public to be wary of any unfamiliar callers asking for personal or financial details. If you are unsure of the identity of a caller do not give this information out and contact Police Scotland on 101 to report suspicious calls.”